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Howbery Business Park create a dozen new allotments for staff

PUBLISHED: 10:53 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:01 06 July 2017

(L-R) Bruce Tomlinson, CEO HR Wallingford, Donna Bowles, Estates Manager and Robin Sergi from Nuture Landscapes, launch the new staff allotments at Howbery Business Park

(L-R) Bruce Tomlinson, CEO HR Wallingford, Donna Bowles, Estates Manager and Robin Sergi from Nuture Landscapes, launch the new staff allotments at Howbery Business Park

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Staff at a South Oxfordshire business park are getting back to nature by growing flowers and vegetables on their very own allotment

Howbery Business Park, in Wallingford, has created a dozen beds in its Cottage Garden which staff can get together to tend for a year at a time.

The mini allotments, which have been made using the park’s own compost, have been offered to the park’s tenants on a first-come, first-served basis, with an annual changeover to allow as many businesses on the park as possible to take part.

The park, owned by HR Wallingford, has a diverse range of businesses on site including the Environment Agency.

With the value of gardening being increasingly recognised as a way to improve physical health and mental wellbeing, the allotments are another amenity the park is providing to help its tenants sustain a healthy work-life balance.

Aside from the obvious benefit of exercise, spending time gardening has been shown to reduce stress and boost mental health too.

Donna Bowles, Estates Manager at the business park, says she is delighted with the enthusiastic response from tenants.

“We are looking forward to seeing staff getting together to grow some great plants or vegetables, with some competitions planned for the tallest sunflower or biggest pumpkin,” she said.

Howbery Business Park benefits from a landscaped parkland where, in recent years, it has developed diverse habitats including wildflower meadows and only last year established two new bee colonies.

Robin Sergi from Nurture Landscapes which provides the park’s grounds services and has established the on-site allotments, says: “We are delighted to continue to support Howbery Business Park’s investment in its green spaces, maintaining and developing the flora and fauna of the site.

“The attractive grounds give the park a special feel and provide a valuable feature that everyone who works or visits the park can enjoy.”

Howbery Business Park has planning permission to create 70,000 sq ft of new office space.

For more information about tenancy opportunities, visit the website here.

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